The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship (Full time)

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Course Information

Registration period
8 Apr 2022 (Fri) - 8 Apr 2024 (Mon)
Price
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Study Mode
Duration
2 Year(s)
Language
English
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Course Overview

Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship is an emerging interdisciplinary area that has become increasingly important in recent years in addressing global challenges in governance and provision of private and public goods and services. It focuses on linkages among innovation, entrepreneurship, and public policy in development of human society. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship are interdisciplinary programs that prepare the next generation of leaders in solving problems at the interface of technology and society through innovation in technology, institution, policy, entrepreneurship, and business model.

The MPhil Program aims to train students to conduct independent research in innovation, policy and entrepreneurship. An MPhil graduate is expected to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge and demonstrate skills in the area, and to contribute to innovation, public policy and entrepreneurship in practice.

The PhD Program seeks to train students in original research with cross-disciplinary approach to innovation, policy and entrepreneurship, and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking for knowledge creation in policy, innovation and entrepreneurship. A PhD graduate is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen area of research and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the cross-disciplinary area.

What You’ll Learn

Minimum Credit Requirement

MPhil: 15 credits
PhD: 21 credits

Credit Transfer

Students who have taken equivalent courses at HKUST or other recognized universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 3 credits for MPhil students, and 6 credits for PhD students.

Cross-disciplinary Core Courses

2 credits

IIMP 6010Cross-disciplinary Research Methods I2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6020Cross-disciplinary Research Methods II2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6030Cross-disciplinary Design Thinking I2 Credit(s)
IIMP 6040Cross-disciplinary Design Thinking II2 Credit(s)

All students are required to complete either IIMP 6010 or IIMP 6030. Students may complete the remaining courses as part of the credit requirements, as requested by the Program Planning Committee.

Hub Core Courses
4 Credits

Students are required to complete at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from the Society Hub and at least one Hub core course (2 credits) from other Hubs.

Society Hub Core Course

SOCH 5000Technological Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship2 Credit(s)

Other Hub Core Courses

FUNH 5000Introduction to Function Hub for Sustainable Future2 Credit(s)
INFH 5000Information Science and Technology: Essentials and Trends2 Credit(s)
SYSH 5000Model-Based Systems Engineering2 Credit(s)

Courses on Domain Knowledge

MPhil: minimum 9 credits of coursework
PhD: minimum 15 credits of coursework

Under this requirement, each student is required to take a required course and other elective courses to form an individualized curriculum relevant to the cross-disciplinary thesis research. To ensure that students will take appropriate courses to equip them with needed domain knowledge, each student has a Program Planning Committee to approve the courses to be taken soonest after program commencement and no later than the end of the first year. Depending on the approved curriculum, individual students may be required to complete additional credits beyond the minimal credit requirements.

Required Course List

IPEN 5100Innovation, Policy and Entrepreneurship3 Credit(s)

Sample Elective Course List

To meet individual needs, students will be taking courses in different areas, which may include but not limited to courses and areas listed below.

IPEN 5200Uncertainty, Information and Decision Making3 Credit(s)
IPEN 5300Experimental Economics and Organizational Behavior3 Credit(s)
IPEN 5400Climate Change: Science and Governance3 Credit(s)
IPEN 5500Science, Technology and Innovation Policy3 Credit(s)
IPEN 5600Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship3 Credit(s)
ELEC 5540High Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship3 Credit(s)
ENVR 5340Fundamentals of Sustainability Science and Technology3 Credit(s)
ENVR 5360Sustainable Development Research and Practice3 Credit(s)
ENVS 5116Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment3 Credit(s)
ISDN 5001Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship2 Credit(s)
ISOM 5370Technology and Innovation Management2 Credit(s)
ISOM 5480Technology Entrepreneurship2 Credit(s)
JEVE 5530Environmental Management and Regulatory Compliance3 Credit(s)
JEVE 5820Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development3 Credit(s)
orCBME 5820Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5120Research Methods in Public Policy3 Credit(s)
orSOSC 5790Research Methods in Public Policy3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5150Public Policy Analysis3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5180Risk and Regulation3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5210Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5220Complex Systems for Policy3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5230Technology, Innovation and Public Policy3 Credit(s)
PPOL 5270Finance, Financial Crises and Economic Development3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5090Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5340Econometric Approaches to Social Science Research3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5700Categorical Data Analysis3 Credit(s)
SOSC 5770Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development3 Credit(s)
orPPOL 5190Policy Analysis and Design for Sustainable Development3 Credit(s)
SSMA 5140Innovation and Society3 Credit(s)
SSMA 5220Environment and Human Behavior3 Credit(s)

Additional Foundation Courses
Individual students may be required to take foundation courses to strengthen their academic background and research capacity in related areas, which will be specified by the Program Planning Committee. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Unless clearly demonstrating sufficient knowledge in the area, students entering the MPhil or PhD Program are required to take the following course in the first regular term of study:

PPOL 5140Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods3 Credit(s)

Graduate Teaching Assistant Training
PDEV 6800Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education0 Credit(s)

All full-time RPg students are required to complete PDEV 6800. The course is composed of a 10-hour training offered by the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), and session(s) of instructional delivery to be assigned by the respective departments. Upon satisfactory completion of the training conducted by CEI, MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms. The instructional delivery will be formally assessed.

Professional Development Course Requirement
PDEV 6770Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking PDEV 6770, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

SOCH 6780Professional Development in Innovation, Technology, and Social Responsibility1 Credit(s)

Students are required to complete SOCH 6780. The 1 credit earned from SOCH 6780 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed SOCH 6780 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from taking SOCH 6780, subject to prior approval of the Program Planning Committee.

English Language Requirement
LANG 5000Foundation in Listening & Speaking for Postgraduate Students1 Credit(s)

Full-time RPg students are required to take an English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Speaking Test administered by the Center for Language Education before the start of their first term of study. Students whose ELPA Speaking Test score is below Level 4, or who failed to take the test in their first term of study, are required to take LANG 5000 until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. The 1 credit earned from LANG 5000 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

LANG 5001Postgraduate English for Engineering Research Studies1 Credit(s)
LANG 5002Postgraduate English for Business and Social Science Studies1 Credit(s)
LANG 5010Postgraduate English for Science Studies1 Credit(s)

Students are required to take one of the above three courses. The credit earned from the above cannot be counted toward the credit requirements. Students can be exempted from taking this course with the approval of the Program Planning Committee.

Postgraduate Seminar
IPEN 6101IPEN Program Seminar I1 Credit(s)
IPEN 6102IPEN Program Seminar II1 Credit(s)

IPEN 6101 and IPEN 6102 will be offered in different terms. Students are required to complete IPEN 6101 and IPEN 6102 in two terms. The credits earned cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

PhD Qualifying Examination
PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination to obtain PhD candidacy following established policy.

Thesis Research
IPEN 6990MPhil Thesis Research0 Credit(s)
IPEN 7990Doctoral Thesis Research0 Credit(s)

MPhil:

Registration in IPEN 6990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.
PhD:

Registration in IPEN 7990; and
Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.



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